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The Litigation Explosion: What Happened When America Unleashed the Lawsuit Paperback – July 1, 1992

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Walter K. Olson is fast becoming the legal world's foremost whistleblower. A columnist for Reason magazine and author of The Excuse Factory, Olson makes complex legal issues understandable to people without law degrees. In The Litigation Explosion, he tells of how the United States turned into the world's most litigious society. The account is entertaining because Olson is a good writer, but also infuriating because the problems he describes are severe--ambulance-chasers, junk litigation, and plaintiff awards that line the pockets of lawyers instead of the victims they allegedly represent. A good book for everybody, but a must-read for those in the legal profession.

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This important book catalogues the sins of the legal profession, while detailing the dangers brought by the explosion in jurisprudence that has made America the most litigious society on earth.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Truman Talley Books (July 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452268249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452268241
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book will remain timeless given the new legal assault onthe tobacco industry and the gun manufacturers. To find out the details and the evolution of legal concepts as it affects society, the reader should immerse himself in this momentous and extremely witty and well-written book by former Manhattan Institute scholar, Walter K. Olson. Olson's book traces the history of legal theory and ethics, and discusses the impact of these evolutionary (and revolutionary) changes on modern American society. Olson wittily, yet scholarly, details the detrimental effects of the litigation explosion on society. The book should be prescribed reading for anyone who recognizes that he/she too may well be caught in the net of litigation - that is, everyone of us. Olson makes it amply clear that no one is immune from this societal disease and that a strong remedy is needed to cure this affliction.
As I predicted in an editorial in the April 1993 issue of the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, "On the Liability Crisis and the Glut of Litigators," the rate of litigation and the adversarial legal system has intensified with the presidency of Bill Clinton, who we know has the trial lawyers as his greatest campaign finance supporters. The litigation industry's proclivity to generate business for itself has been given a boost with his presidency, or rather co-presidency with attorney Hillary Clinton, and medical litigation has been no exception.
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Olson writes this book after being paid to create the persuasive propaganda. It reads well but do not be fooled. There is a long list of conglomerates that write off this on their taxes as they fund the fraud. They want to maximize their profits and take away your rights to a fair civil trial. They would rather spend money claiming others are "evil" than admit that they are. Total B.S. However, it is poetic at times and gives the extremist right wing propaganda fuel for their agenda to have masses of underclass zombie workers and a ruling class. The book is about repeating distortions and complete lies.
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Format: Paperback
Walter Olson has produced the best book on the subject of
lawsuits and related problems in America today. His
research is scholarly and the presentation is lively.
Your blood may boil but unless you're a lawyer, you'll
have a hard time arguing your way out of the illuminated
nonsense in our legal system that Olson exposes.

If you like cheap novels this book isn't for you; but if
you want to understand one of the major problems with the crazy
U.S. legal system, you can't afford to miss this one.

Great reading and worth the time. I consider it #1 on the
list in this subject matter area. Olson has done Americans
a favor; will they do something about it?
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Good book about how trial attorneys and their greed are killing America. Somewhat dated, as the situation is much worse today.
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Format: Hardcover
For a collection of anecdotes strung together by a layperson in the employ of a conservative think tank, "The Litigation Explosion" is pretty good. Walter Olson's tales are usually interesting, especially when he deviates from the facts of cases. His animosity toward lawyers makes for diatribes that are far more amusing than informative, so Olson's storytelling adds up to theses that seem more compelling the less that one actually knows about law. As is usual for popularizations, "The Litigation Explosion" will move the unwary to outrage and to tears. It will not educate the unwary, of course. It will instead adjust their attitudes so that they will embrace tort reform by book's end. Olson is a master propagandist, which is usually what the Manhattan Institute wants and pays for.
Walter Olson has produced an accessible book regarding lawsuits. His writing is lively. You'll laugh; you'll cry; your blood will boil if you mistake his caricatures for reality. If you believe that lawyer jokes are not merely funny but scholarship, this book is for you.
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